Solidity - Bit Magic (Hot Dev Alpha!!)

Bitwise Operations​

Includes all basic bitwise operations such as `and`, `or`, `xor`, `not`, `shiftLeft`, `shiftRight` etc.

``uint x;uint y;x & y // andx | y // orx ^ y // xor~x    // notx << y // shift x by y bits to the leftx >> y // shift x by y bits to the right``

Get Last N bits​

Binary representation of (x-1) can be obtained by simply flipping all the bits to the right of the rightmost 1 in x and also including the rightmost 1.

Example (Confirm using this website if you want)

7 = 0111

6 = 0110

70 = 1000110

69 = 1000101

420 = 110100100

419 = 110100011

So, now if you created a number of N bits with all 1's, and did an & with the number x in question, you will get the value of the last N bits.

``function getLastNBits(uint x, uint n) external pure returns(uint256) {    uint mask = (1 << n) - 1;    return x & mask;}/****// In general, a modulo can be easily converted into a bitwise & if the divisor is power of 2 ((1 << anything) would always be a power of 2).// All you gotta do is to translate that modulo into a bitwise & of `divisor - 1`.// By reverse-engineering this piece of information, we can write another function called getLastNBitsUsingMod// In terms of gas consumption:// getLastNBits(22313) == getLastNBitsUsingMod(22309)*****/function getLastNBitsUsingMod(uint x, uint N) pure external returns (uint result) {        result = x % (1 << N);}``

Most significant bit position​

Keep on right-shifting the number until it all becomes 0. Count the number of times, you had to do this operations. That's all.

``function mostSignificantBit(uint256 x) public pure returns(uint256) {    uint i;    while((x >>= 1) > 0) {         ++i;    }    return i;}``

NOTE​

As pointed out by devtooligan, the above approach would return 1 for both x = 0 and x = 1, which is somewhat of a problem. So, a safer implementation as suggested by him is:

``function mostSignificantBit(uint256 x) public pure returns(uint256) {    uint i;    while(x > 0) {         ++i;        x >>= 1;    }    return i;}``

Btw this implementation would also change the answer from 0-indexed to 1-indexed.

Cheers.

Get first N bits​

Same concept as the function `getLastNBits` we discussed above.

The only change here would be in the mask where we shift n number of 1's to the beginning of the mask and keep the rest as 0's.

Another tip would be, if length is not available, then use the function `mostSignificantBit` we discussed before.

``function getFirstNBits(uint x, uint n, uint len) public pure returns(uint256) {    uint mask = ((1 << n) - 1) << (len - n);    return x & mask;}``

Is Power of 2​

If x is a power of 2, then x will have only 1 set bit, rest all will be 0's. And then for (x-1) all bits will be set apart from the earlier leading 1. Therefore, if x would be a power of 2, then x&(x-1) will always give 0 as the result.

``function isPowerOfTwo(uint x) external pure returns(bool) {        return (x == 0 || x & (x-1) == 0);    }``

Count number of set bits​

As explained in the previous algorithm, the relationship between the bits of x and x-1. So as in x-1, the rightmost 1 and bits right to it are flipped, then by performing x&(x-1), and storing it in x, will reduce x to a number containing number of ones(in its binary form) less than the previous state of x, thus increasing the value of count in each iteration.

``function countSetBits(uint x) public pure returns(uint) {    uint count;    while (x != 0) {        x = x & (x-1);        ++count;    }    return count;}``

Pack a number of bools into a single slot (inside uint256)​

As you may know the most expensive operation in Ethereum is storing data (SSTORE). So you should always look for ways to reduce the storage requirements.

Don't need to explain much. Code is enough.

``// SPDX-License-Identifier: MITpragma solidity ^0.8.7;contract BitManipulations {    bool[33] public arr = [true, false, true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false,true, false, false];    /*    0: true         1: false    2: true    3: false    4: true    5: false    6: true    7: false    8: true    9: false    10: true    11: false    12: true    13: false    14: true    .    .    .    */    uint256 public packedBool;    function findNthBool(uint256 position) public view returns(bool) {        return ((packedBool >> position) & 1 > 0);    }    function findNthBool2(uint256 position) public view returns(bool) {        return ((packedBool >> position) & 1 == 1);    }    function findNthBool3(uint256 position) public view returns(bool) {        return ((packedBool >> position) & 1 != 0);    }    function packBool() external {        uint256 length = arr.length;            for(uint i; i < length; ) {            setNthBool(i, arr[i]);            unchecked {                ++i;            }        }    }    function setNthBool(uint256 _position, bool _value) internal {        if(_value) {            packedBool |= (1 << _position);        } else {            packedBool &=  ~ (1 << _position);        }    }}``

Extreme Basics - Part 1

The XOR operator (^) returns 0 for same bits and 1 for different bits.

Truth Table: | x1 | x2 | x1 ^ x2 | | -- | -- | ------- | | 0 | 0 | 0 | | 0 | 1 | 1 | | 1 | 0 | 1 | | 1 | 1 | 0 |

Detect if two numbers have opposite signs​

Since we know that the leftmost bit for a positive integer is 0 and for negative is 1. Therefore, with the xor of the leftmost bits, if we get 1, the signs were different. Also, if we get x^y as 1 for the leftmost bit, it would mean that it's a negative number and therefore less than 0

``    function oppositeSigns(int x, int y) external pure returns (bool) {        return (x ^ y < 0);    }``

Detect if number is even or odd​

For a number to be even, the last bit (2^0) should not be set and similarly for odd numbers the last bit is set. So, simply check what's the last bit of the number.

``    function isEven(uint x) external pure returns(bool) {        return (x & 1 == 0);    }``

``    /*        Since we know that negative numbers are stored as 2's complement in Solidity (and other programming languages), we can use that fact to add 1 to a number (integer)        2's complement is 1's complement plus 1 and 1's complement is simply inverting all bits of the given number        Therefore, by reverse engineering, if we did -(~x) we should get x + 1, right?    */    function add1ToInt(int x) external pure returns(int) {        return -(~x);    }``

Swap Two Numbers​

Alright agreed that this is a bit of an overkill, since Solidity natively provides a cool way to swap values of two numbers, but I'm autistic and let's just go with the flow :P

Also, the native method to swap two values is ofc more gas efficient.

``    uint public a = 5;    uint public b = 10;    function swapTwoNumbers() external {        (a, b) = (b, a);    }    function swapTwoNumbersBitManipulation() external {        a = a ^ b;        b = b ^ a;        a = a ^ b;    }``

Turn off n'th bit in a number​

``    /*        What we want to accomplish here is a bitwise & of the nth bit with 0 so that it becomes 0 and since we do not want to disturb the         other bits of the number x, we do a bitwise & of bits of number x with all 1's.    */    function turnOffNthBit(uint x, uint n) external pure returns(uint) {        return x & ~(1 << n);    }``

Turn on Nth bit in a number​

``        /*    Similar to the last function, here since we want to turn ON a bit, we will do a bitwise OR of the nth bit with 1 and for the rest of the bits, we'll do a bitwise OR with 0, so that they do not get disturbed.    */    function turnOnNthBit(uint x, uint n) external pure returns(uint) {        return x | (1 << n);    }``

Check if the nth bit is set for a number​

``    function checkNthBit(uint x, uint n) external pure returns(bool) {        return x & (1 << n) != 0;    }``

Toggle nth bit​

``    // We'll use the fact that: 0 ^ 1 = 1 and 1 ^ 1 = 0    function toggleNthBit(uint x, uint n) external pure returns (uint) {        return x ^ (1 << n);    }``

Unset the rightmost set bit in a number​

``    // We'll use the property of n and n-1 here again.    function unsetRightmostBit(uint x) external pure returns(uint) {        return x & (x-1);    }``

Find position of rightmost set bit​

The idea here would be to first do n & (n - 1) and then do a xor of the resultant with the original number n. After this the only set bit in the number would be the rightmost one.

The latter part of the logic can also be used to determine the position of the only set bit in a number.

``    function findPositionOfRightmostSetBit(uint n) external pure returns(uint count) {        uint num = n ^ (n & (n-1));        while (num != 0) {            num >>= 1;            ++count;        }    }    function findPositionOfRightmostSetBit_Negation (int n) external pure returns(uint count) {        if(n & 1 == 1) {            return 1; // Number is odd        }        int num = n & -n;        while(num != 0) {            num >>= 1;            ++count;        }    }``

Puzzles (Incorporating multiple tricks)

Find number of bits to be flipped to change one number to another​

The idea here is to xor the two numbers. This will result in a number whose bit representation will only have set bits where the bits were different in the input numbers.

After that the problem is reduced to simply counting the set bits.

``    function bitsToFlip(uint x, uint y) external pure returns (uint counter) {        uint xoredNumber = x ^ y;        while(xoredNumber != 0) {            xoredNumber = xoredNumber & (xoredNumber - 1);            ++counter;        }    } ``

Calculate xor from 1 to N​

Given a number N, calculate the value of xoring all number from 1 to N.

``    // This is the naive method to calculate the xor from 1 to N.    function calculateXorToN(uint N) external pure returns (uint result) {        for(uint i = 1; i <= N; ) {            result ^= i;            unchecked {                ++i;            }        }    }    /*    There isn't some big brain math happening behind (hopefully). This is just observed as a pattern that repeats and hence we use the deductions from observing that pattern while calculating xor from 1 to N. And ofc this function is also much more gas efficient    */    function calculateXorToNEfficient(uint N) external pure returns (uint result) {        uint moduloN = N%4;        if(moduloN == 0) {            result = N;        } else if(moduloN == 1) {            result = 1;        } else if(moduloN == 2) {            result = N + 1;        } else {            result = 0;        }    }``

Equal Sum and XOR​

Given a positive integer N, find all `i` such that N+i == N^i, where 0 <= i <= N

``    function findSumEqualToXor(uint n) external pure returns (uint counter) {        for(uint i; i <= n; ) {            if((n^i) == (n+i)) {                unchecked {                    ++counter;                }            }            unchecked {                ++i;            }        }    }    // This function is made possible because of the formula:    // (n + i) = (n ^ i) + 2*(n & i)    // So, according to the requirement we only need to find all instances where n & i == 0    // To do that we find all unset bits of n and find number of possible combinations (which is 2 raised to the power no of unset bits)    function findSumEqualToXorEfficient(uint n) external pure returns (uint counter) {        uint unsetBits;        while(n != 0) {            if(n & 1 == 0) {                ++unsetBits;            }            n >>= 1;        }        counter = (1 << unsetBits);    }``

Takeaway: Remember this formula if you can -> (n+i) = (n^i) + 2*(n&i)

Get the most significant bit position in a given number​

``    function findMSB(uint256 n) external pure returns (uint) {        // Since this is uint256, this will have 256 bits. So we will have to take appropriate number of steps.        // The number of ORs we do would be based on the bits present in number n.        n = n | (n >> 1); // Now starting 2 bits are set in n        n = n | (n >> 2); // Now starting 4 bits are set in n        n = n | (n >> 4); // Now starting 8 bits are set in n        n = n | (n >> 8); // Now starting 16 bits are set in n        n = n | (n >> 16); // Now starting 32 bits are set in n        n = n | (n >> 32); // Now starting 64 bits are set in n        n = n | (n >> 64); // Now starting 128 bits are set in n        n = n | (n >> 128); // Now starting 256 bits are set in n        n += 1; // Now it's 1 set bit (higher than the original MSB) and rest are 0s        return (n >> 1);    }``

Advanced problems solved via bit manipulations

``    function addTwoNumbers(uint x, uint y) external pure returns(uint sum) {        sum = (x & y) + (x | y);    }    function addTwoNumbers2(uint x, uint y) public pure returns (uint sum) {        sum = (y == 0 ? x : addTwoNumbers2((x ^ y), (x & y) << 1));    }``
``    // Calculate x**y    function fastExponentiation(uint x, uint y) external pure returns (uint ans) { // Execution Cost of 2**4 = 16 was 23373        // Stores final answer        ans = 1;        while (y > 0) {            uint last_bit = (y & 1);                        // Check if current LSB is set            if (last_bit == 1) {                ans *= x;            }                x *= x;                // Right shift            y >>= 1;        }    }    function normalExponentiation(uint x, uint y) external pure returns (uint) { // Execution Cost of 2**4 = 16 was 22561        return (x**y);    }``